People gather to celebrate the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s new office space Sept. 4.

People gather to celebrate the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce’s new office space Sept. 4.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce opens new office

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2019

 The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of  Commerce welcomed the public into its new office on  Gratiot Avenue Sept. 4, using the giant scissors it uses  for ribbon-cuttings to dedicate its own new home.

The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce welcomed the public into its new office on Gratiot Avenue Sept. 4, using the giant scissors it uses for ribbon-cuttings to dedicate its own new home.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

 Eastpointe Community Schools Board of Education Treasurer Chineva Early, Roseville Mayor Pro Tem  Jan Haggerty and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley talk during the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce open house for the organization’s new office.

Eastpointe Community Schools Board of Education Treasurer Chineva Early, Roseville Mayor Pro Tem Jan Haggerty and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley talk during the Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce open house for the organization’s new office.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of its new office with an open house Sept. 4.

The new location is at 24840 Gratiot Ave., Suite C, in Eastpointe. Chamber officials said it provides more room and better amenities for the organization in order to better serve the public.

“It’s so much better than our previous site,” said chamber Executive Director Linda Weishaupt. “It’s almost double the size. The chamber is growing so rapidly, we needed the space to function. We have a lobby as well with flyers posted for several of our businesses, so it’s a much better location for what we use it for.”

Chamber Board Member and Roseville City Councilwoman Jan Haggerty said the new offices should help the chamber continue its mission of promoting community businesses and aiding the Eastpointe and Roseville area.

“We have so much more room,” she remarked. “It’s in a better location and our landlord is the chamber president (Chris Dyki). We want everyone to feel welcome and know our doors are always open. A chamber of commerce is a big part of a community supporting itself and improving itself.”

The new space is part of a larger push made by the chamber in the last several years to increase its impact on the community.

“We are more structured and our businesses can rely on us to follow through with our processes,” said Weishaupt. “We have added many benefits, discounts and educational opportunities that are beneficial to our small businesses. Informal networking is ongoing and available every month. We have also enjoyed a great relationship with other small chambers in Macomb County as well as the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber for business card exchange events and sales and marketing workshops.”

City officials said they are pleased to see the chamber taking a more active role and congratulated it on the new office.

“The chamber of commerce has motivated more people to start businesses here and use members to help students get jobs for the summer and learn how to do a resume, which helps this community from top to bottom,” said Eastpointe City Councilwoman Monique Owens. “We want our businesses to stay here, draw more customers from Detroit and attract new businesses to come here. … This new office should help that.”

Weishaupt added that she thinks the region is bouncing back economically and the signs of that are present in both Eastpointe and Roseville.

“I think our area is doing very well,” she said. “There are few vacant storefronts, and I’m seeing a lot of businesses moving here and staying in business. In the last few weeks, we’ve been averaging a new ribbon-cutting for a new business every week.”

She also noted that the chamber is continuing its efforts to reach out to the community through events such as its upcoming Salute to Excellence community awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Eastpointe Manor, 24611 Gratiot Ave., and the Eastpointe elections candidate forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Eastpointe High School, 15501 Couzens Ave. 

The end result of the new office and new attitude, said Weishaupt, is a more proactive chamber that is able to make more positive changes in the community.

“I think the chamber reinvented itself and we have a better structure, so businesses respond to that,” she said. “We’ve been able to hire two new staff members in the last few months, and we are updating everyone though an email blast each week, so people know what we are doing and what local events are coming up.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.

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